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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Encaustic Garden Party

I recently discovered a Canadian shop on Etsy that makes and sells beautiful encaustic paints.  The Bees Knees is located in Ontario.   My first order arrived this week so I squeezed in some time to play yesterday.

Just a few of the luscious colours the Bees Knees carries.
 I use a warming tray that I picked up at Valu Village for $3.99 and melt the paints in a muffin tin.  This electric tray doesn't have variable settings but I checked and it keeps the melted wax at close to 200 degrees F.  The muffin tin fits perfectly on the surface and it's nice and stable.

Melting down the encaustic paints
For my support, I like the cradled wood panels that I can purchase from Opus Framing and Art, a supplier in Vancouver, BC.  These panels are also made from a readily renewable resource, as the hardwood is from the fast growing Paulownia tree. The Paulownia tree can grow from 10 to 20 feet in a season — an entire tree can even regrow in one season after being severely cut back.  The panels come in a variety of sizes and depths.  They also carry great front loading wood frames in black that compliment the encaustic paintings very well.

I like to finish the sides with acrylic paint so I cover them in blue painters tape while I complete the encaustic painting so I don't have to clean up drips later.
And here is my finished piece!  'Garden Party' is an expression of the happy feeling of celebration I get whenever I look at my beautiful summer flowers.

Garden Party, 6x6", encaustic on cradled board


  1. So perfect for autumn and Halloween too!

  2. I love your first encaustic painting ... it's gorgeous, and does bring to mind bright flowers. Nice to see as it gets grayer out. I also appreciate your sharing your process.

  3. I love the vibrant colours!! It's so interesting to see how you do it. I just picked up a warming tray at a garage sale hoping I might be able to use it someday. Also thanks for the link to BeesKnees. I travel through Warkworth whenever I visit my mother-in-law!

  4. Thankyou so much Liz-Anna for including The Bee's Knees Encaustic paints in your garden party. We were absolutely thrilled to read your blog. We appreciate your ongoing support and wish you and all your lovely creative friends hours of endless creativity and flowing inspiration.

    Best Wishes and Happy Painting,
    Amber and The Bee Team

    If you have a moment please check out our new official website. We launched it September 14th.

  5. OOH...The colors in that 1st photo are mouth-watering! What a great photo! And I love your Garden Party beautiful and fresh.


  6. Yay! That looks like such fun, I've been wanting to try encaustic painting, I love the vibrant colors you picked out for your painting. Looks great!

  7. Love this yummy creation in encaustic...


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